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2 days ago

Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

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Rather than having to search through apps like Yelp, soon you'll be able to simply wake up your phone with the "OK, Google" command that's baked into Google Search and use your voice to search useful information. Once developers update their apps with just a few short lines of code that Google is allowing, you'll be able to perform voice searches like "Ok, Google. Find me the nearest pizza place on Yelp" all without having to touch your screen.

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2 days ago

Google sends more Inbox invites; current users can invite more friends Thursday

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Google is giving out more invites to join its new Inbox party. The app, based off of Google's Gmail service, allows user to better manage and deal with emails in a new layout. So far, the service has been by invitation only, and fortunately Google is sending out more invites now. Additionally, the Internet giant announced that current Inbox users will have more invitation themselves to send to friends starting Thursday.

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2 days ago

Piracy concerns spur Google Glass, wearables ban in movie theaters

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When it comes time to date night on Friday and you're ready for that dinner and a movie, be sure not to don Google's wearable Glass to the theaters, no matter how cool and fashionable you think the eyeglasses may be. Inconsistent rules and a new wave of piracy concern is now spurring a hard ban on Google Glass and other wearable devices in movie theaters. The ban is created by the National Association of Theatre Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America.

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2 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Evening

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 Evening

We always have our phones on us, and that means we take a good number of evening photos. Whether it's while enjoying dinner, waiting for a train home from work or sitting on the couch at home, these are the times we take the quick evening shots with mobile devices. As such, we want to see your best "evening" photos this week.

Two entries will be worthy of winning this week, and each one will take home an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Headset!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 4) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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2 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Fast' winners!

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Our latest photo contest was a quick one — well, actually it ran the same length of time but you know what we mean. We racked up dozens of entries this week, and now we're here to show off the winners who will be taking home prizes.

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2 days ago

Google Play Movies & TV getting info cards, material design makeover in next update

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The Google Play Movies & TV app is getting soon that will add some interactivity to your movie watching. The update will also bring Google's new material design to the app.

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2 days ago

Huawei delivers bad news: Ascend Mate 2 won't get KitKat

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Huawei just confirmed that the Ascend Mate 2 will not be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. The device runs Huawei's Emotion 2 UI on top of Android and was launched at an affordable $299 price tag unlocked.

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2 days ago

Take control of your connected devices with the Harmony Ultimate Home

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Harmony Remote

If you have a lot of connected devices in your home, chances are you often look for ways to tie them all together. Most devices have their own specific smartphone apps or remote in tow, making it hard to get everything to work together as one big unit. That's where the Harmony Ultimate Home comes in. The system consists of just a remote, hub, and smartphone app, but it's what they can all do together that really makes the magic.

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2 days ago

Samsung's new Level Box Mini wireless speakers promise big sound in a small case

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Samsung's newly revealed Level Box Mini wireless speaker promises to offer high end portable sound for your Bluetooth smartphone for the price of $99.99. This is the latest entry in the Samsung Level family of premium headsets and speakers.

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2 days ago

Nexus 6 now available to pre-order on Google Play

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Nexus 6

Prices start at $649, shipping in 3-4 weeks

As promised, Google and Motorola's Nexus 6 is now available to pre-order on the Google Play Store in the U.S. Prices start at $649 for the 32GB version in white or blue, rising to $699 for the 64GB version. That'll get you the first smartphone designed for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, with an enormous 6-inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Orders placed today will leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks, according to the Play Store listing.

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2 days ago

Project Ara prototype boots to Android in new video

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A newly released video shows a prototype of a device using Google's Project Ara modular phone concept that's being developed by a Boston-based contractor, NK Labs. The video was released on the same day Google revealed plans to hold two Project Ara developer conferences in January,

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2 days ago

Hands-on with the (really) bigger and better Nexus 6!

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Nexus 6 hands-on

It's tempting to say the Nexus 6 is just a bigger Moto X. It's really tempting. Because it looks nearly identical to Motorola's latest. And it feels a whole lot like Motorola's latest. (Minus the leather I've come to love, of course.) And it's a "stock" Android device, minus the over-the-top carrier and manufacturer customizations, just like the Moto X.

The Nexus 6, of course, is not the Moto X.

A couple things you need to know up front, as we've just spent a few minutes of quality time with the upcoming phone. (It goes on sale for preorder today.) Yes, this is a really big phone. It's way bigger than the new Moto X. It's bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It's a two-hander, for sure.

But that's almost the incidental stuff. Where we're really looking to get inside the Nexus 6 is, well, on the inside.

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2 days ago

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 and box

No matter if you live in the U.S., Canada or the U.K., this is where you can buy the Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 has been flying off shelves around the world since its release, and whether you're here in the U.S., up north in Canada or across the pond in the U.K. you have a whole host of options when it comes to buying. In the states you're of course making your decision based on carrier, but have your choice of retailer if you don't want to go directly to the source. Up in Canada things are a bit slimmer, as you'll be picking between the carrier and in some cases BestBuy as your retailer. The U.K. has opened up so that you can now buy from more than just Carphone Warehouse, thankfully.

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2 days ago

Google to hold two developer conferences in January for Project Ara

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Project Ara, Google's experimental effort to create a smartphone with modular components, will enter a new phase in January. Google will hold two Project Ara developer conferences where it will offer updates on their hardware and software plans.

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2 days ago

Truedialer looks up unknown contacts as you punch in their phone number

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The folks behind Truecaller, a popular app for identifying and blocking marketers and other spammy phone calls, have launched a new dialer app for Android that makes good use of their existing contacts database. With it, you can look up contact information of the person you're actively calling, even if they aren't in your address book. Spooky? Maybe. Useful? For sure. Once the data has been fetched, you can import that contact to your device painlessly.

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